Burnley star begs for forgiveness after homophobic tweet
Burnley star Andre Gray said he wanted to ask for "forgiveness" after homophobic tweets he offered up back in 2012.
In a statement on his Twitter account on Saturday the 25-year-old said he had changed in recent years, and is trying to become "a better person".
This is the tweet that caused offence and it has since been deleted:
In a lengthy post Gray, who did not refer to the exact content of the posts, said: "The tweets were posted four years ago when I was a completely different person to the man I am now.
"I was at a very different point in my life back then - one that I've worked hard to move on from.
"I have a lot of regrets regarding a number of things I've done in the past and realise I have made some big mistakes, none more so than these tweets, but I would like to stress that I've worked incredibly hard to completely transform my life since that time.
"To clarify, I do not hold the beliefs written in those tweets whatsoever. I can assure everybody that I am absolutely not homophobic and as said previously I can only apologise and ask for forgiveness to anyone I offended."
The tweets, which are said to have been deleted, were posted before he joined Burnley.
The club released a statement saying it does not condone "discriminatory behaviour" but added "these are social posts from four years ago, and in this time he has completely transformed his life".